SummerSlam 2013 match line up so far
Cena VS Daniel Bryan
Punk VS Brock Lesnar
Wyatt VS Kane
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Champion John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan - 15th July 2013
the opportunity by Raw General Manager Brad Maddox
to name his challenger at SummerSlam, WWE Champion
John Cena could have taken the easy way out. Instead,
he did just the opposite, choosing as his opponent
a Superstar who many consider the top performer of
2013, Daniel Bryan.
naming the submission specialist as his No. 1 contender,
Cena showed no small amount of respect for Bryan and
the WWE Universe. Before making his decision, Cena
polled the WWE Universe on the July 15 edition of
Raw, taking their opinion into consideration. Few
can deny that Cena chose wisely, as the WWE Universe
chanted "Yes!" along with Bryan.
versatile and double-tough, Bryan is equipped with
a sophisticated grappling acumen and enough athleticism
to give any foe regardless of the size or strength
disparity a tall challenge. Moreover, a slew
of brave performances in recent months, punctuated
with a submission victory over Randy Orton, have firmly
endeared Bryan to the WWE Universe, which now embraces
the bearded warrior with a gusto that rivals the adulation
that the Cenation pays its commander-in-chief.
their paths have intersected before, Cena and Bryans
journeys to the main event of SummerSlam are far from
similar. The Champ has stood atop WWE almost since
the day he arrived more than 11 years ago, using his
power-based offense to accumulate 13 World Title reigns.
Bryan, a one-time World Heavyweight Champion, has
never held the WWE Title, and has toiled in relative
obscurity for more than a decade, honing his craft
in places as far away as Japan and venues as modest
as high school gyms. These experiences all have served
to make him arguably the most technically gifted competitor
today, a fighter who relies on technique over might.
their considerable differences stylistically,
aesthetically and otherwise Cena and Bryan
are bonded by a mutual desire to be the absolute best,
and in WWE, only one title signifies that: the WWE
Bryan will have his moment in the sun when the 26th
Annual SummerSlam takes over the STAPLES Center in
Los Angeles, but will WWEs Yes!
man have what it takes to displace the always-gutsy
Cena, who seems more determined than ever to keep
possession of the championship gold? Find out when
the action airs live on pay-per-view Sunday, Aug.
18, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.